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Best of Canberra Taste Off – Butcher

By 24 November 2014
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Sunny and 32 degrees on Saturday, I was ready to host an Aussie Summer BBQ. There were so many recommendations for which butcher I should visit, as far as Gungahlin and Wanniassa. ...

Out of Africa

By 24 November 2014 2
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I have been criticised for drawing attention to the effort mounted in Iraq and Syria to counter ISIS and its call on the lives of our soldiers. My critics drew my attentio...

Strict safety regulations no good for creative businesses, says The Hamlet owner Nik Bulum

By 24 November 2014 2
A photo posted to Facebook last week shows officials at The Hamlet as they prevent the venue from hosting a student exhibition on site.

Entrepreneur and property developer Nik Bulum has called on the ACT Government to relax building safety restrictions, claiming that overly strict regulations are impacting crea...

Canberra Opshoppers Guide – Vinnies Monster Warehouse sale

By 24 November 2014
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The Vinnies Monster Warehouse sale has been and gone for another season, and as a well-seasoned thrifting veteran I thought I’d put together a list of tips for first-timers. ...

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 23 November 2014
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous w...

Record nominations for Inclusion Awards

By 24 November 2014

A record number of people and businesses have been nominated in this year’s Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, which recognise the contributions made to welcome, encourage and support people with disability in our community. This year 79 nominations were received across four categories for a...

New laws to protect privacy

By 24 November 2014

Canberrans will be better protected from unlawful voyeuristic behaviour by new legislation to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today. The Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 will strengthen prohibitions on indecent behaviour using ca...

Write for Rights at the Pub – Sunday 30th November

By 24 November 2014

Write for Rights is an annual campaign for Amnesty International. More than 2 million letters were written last year, and over 140 countries were involved. This year, we will be focusing on six important cases. One case is Daniel, a 21 year old student in Venezuela who was arrested on the way hom...

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Just how many bakeries can one shopping centre intersection support?

By 7 December 2008 25

I was struck by this scene the other day. It's the ground floor of the Canberra Centre, just outside the Supabarn. You've got a Dobinson's, a Bakers Delight, and a Golden Crust all within a croissant's throw of each other. On top of that, if baked goods are your thing, there's a Muffin Bre...

Truth in advertising?

By 7 December 2008 22

One of the stranger (or perhaps more depressingly predictable) things about Canberra is our rules on advertising signage. You can't put up a billboard. But if you can write it with flowers and pay off the Government you can still advertise on prime real estate down Northbourne Avenue. Assuming, ...

Festivals funding!

By 7 December 2008 16

Our Brave Leader has announced the events that are getting a share of the $220,000 going this year for festivals. "Canberrans will benefit from a series of exciting festivals and events staged throughout 2009 that cater for a variety of interests and activities," Mr Stanhope said. 2009 ACT F...

Where Art and Alcohol Collide

By 6 December 2008 6

I followed my own advice and went along to have a look at the 2008 ANU Art Graduate Exhibition. At midday on Saturday, there was every indication that the grand opening the previous night had been quite a big affair - lots of bottles and glasses through the School of Art and almost nobody in at...

Prison opening delayed again

By 6 December 2008 10

Lovers of black comedy await with bated breathe the opportunity for Canberra's incarcerated population to come into contact with the shiny new human rights compliant prison (aka the Alexander Maconochie Centre) on the edge of town. Sadly for them the Canberra Times reports that despite an "offici...

Sometimes you just really need a nap... right now...

By 6 December 2008 21

Taken at Shell Tuggeranong, early Sat morning around 0530. Possibly the result of a hard night at PJs. With Parliament and the Pacific School games in Canberra this week, accommodation has been at a premium. Finding anywhere to get your head down for some sleep has been a mission. Th...

The stage is set for Christmas in the City

By 6 December 2008 1

The Chief Minister is proudly touting a night of chrimbo cheer in Civic Square (the bit off London Circuit in front of the theatre). In particular Canberra's official Christmas tree is lighting up, having had the star put on top personally by the ActewAGL supremo, Michael Costello earlier in ...

The National Portrait Gallery - reviewing a salute to influence

By 6 December 2008 5

It's not every week a new national institution opens. Shoe-horned in front of the High Court we now have a National Portrait Gallery. It's a beautiful example of the new school Australian modernist architecture and, as a building I'll confess to falling in love with it. On the other hand w...

Guide Dogs' marketing strategy ... what do you think?

By 6 December 2008 9

I just took a selling call from the Guide Dogs - naturally want to support them, so though RSPCA is my first animal welfare option to help out financially, I thought 'OK, I'll spend 5 or 10 dollars'. The caller said they had calendars for $12.95, so I thought, OK, bit more than I was going to spend...

twenty 600 reasons to hate magazines

By 6 December 2008 26

For the most part, I couldn't care less about magazines, much less ones in Canberra, and the rubbish attempts at them here are usually a joke, but for some reason the last year has seen rise to few magazines. I read Frankie and Yen, and at least have an understanding of what looks good, but I'm...

A strange week for Chic Henry

By 6 December 2008 108

It's been a strange week for the Summernats impressario Chic Henry. First he was doing his annual act of crying poor and threatening to up stumps unless the people of Canberra did more for him. Then the ABC had a big swipe at Chic's personal earnings from the event. This morning the Canberr...

Images of Queanbo - The Big Poo

By 6 December 2008 16

There is gold in Queanbeyan. Many people only see the edges as they return from the coast, or the main street as they visit Spotlight or the Central Cafe. However! There are things in Queanbeyan worthy of a major tourist town.  And foremost among them, I give you: The Big Poo. But they didn'...

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